Louisville Rolls Over Samford

 

 

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (gocards.com and AP) - Lamar Jackson threw one touchdown pass and ran for two more scores to lead Louisville to a 45-3 rout of Samford on Saturday night.

Jackson finished with 184 yards rushing, a school-record for a quarterback. He scored on keepers of 14 and 13 yards in the first six minutes of the game. His 73-yard run set up Brandon Radcliff's 2-yard touchdown run to make it 21-0. Jackson finished 15 of 22 for 212 yards passing, including a 36-yard touchdown to James Quick.

Louisville (1-3) used two early turnovers to setup scores. Cornerback Trumaine Washington forced a fumble on the second play from scrimmage and Jackson ran for a score two plays later. Washington then intercepted a Michael Eubank pass less than a minute later to spark an 80-yard drive that put the Cardinals up 14-0.

Anthony Pistelli kicked a 32-yard field goal for Samford (2-2).

Louisville, which entered averaging 109 yards per game on the ground, finished with 288 yards rushing.

Samford proved welcome relief from Louisville's tough early-season schedule that included close losses to Auburn, Houston, and Clemson that left the Cardinals 0-3 for the first time since 1984.

Quick played for the first time since injuring an ankle in the Auburn opener. He led Louisville receivers with three catches and 69 yards as 12 Cardinals caught passes.

John Wallace kicked a 50-yard field goal to give Louisville a 24-3 lead with 6:15 left in the first half.

Jackson broke the previous quarterback rushing mark set by Jim Wagoner's 162 yards in 1974. But an interception on the first play of the second quarter, and a fumble showed it wasn't a perfect night for Jackson.

Louisville had started a different quarterback in each of its first three games, the only team in the country to do so. Jackson started Louisville's second game after rushing for 106 yards and a touchdown against Auburn in relief of Reggie Bonnafon.

Eubank and Devlin Hodges combined for 17 of 30 for 170 yards passing with three interceptions for Samford.

The Cardinals extended their nation-leading streak to 17 games with an interception.